Sam Norris [samn]
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*****Please note - Sam Norris passed away in April of 2010. Email sent to his user account will be routed to his daughter Robyn*****
Art has been a diversion, companion and frustration to me for many years.
I started drawing for relaxation in the early 1970's, and moved from there gradually towards a Bachelors in Graphic Design with a minor in Fine Art.
Somewhere along the way I started using photography as a reference tool for the traditional paintings I was doing. That led the way to pursuing the photographic arts instead of the more traditional media. Then when computers emerged with the capability of manipulating digital images, I found my calling.
I believe that current endeavors in the photographic arts, and computer generated art are the melding of it and more traditional media, and that they are becoming one.
My biggest condemnation from instructors, mentors and other artists is that I am largely unfocused. But when I like something as an image, it makes no difference to me if it is saturated to the max, soft focused and gentle, an abstract from a good landscape or a street scene with emotion attached to it. So be it.
My photographic art is usually straight forward relying on montage mainly, but often is more involved. I work mostly in Photoshop, but also in software called Canvas and occasionally Corel Painter.
On the other hand, traditional photography is just as stimulating. A good black and white is a marvel to behold.